Sue Lehr Mitchell, vice president of the Redwood City Downtown Business Group, loves planning parties. And what better way to promote and support local businesses during a traditionally slow time — not to mention the Covid interruption — than to put on the granddaddy party of them all.
“It has been a dream of mine for a long time to bring Mardi Gras to the Peninsula.” says Mitchell.
So, after a one-year hiatus, the Mardi Gras Carnival returned to downtown Redwood City on Feb. 19. Locals were invited to put on their best beads and outfits, dine at open restaurants, specialty food booths, sip on a “hurricane” and boogie to the music of Al Lazard & the World Street Players; Howard Wiley Project; MJ’s Brass Boppers; and Grammy-nominated soul accordionist Andre Thierry. Master of Ceremonies Donald Lacy and DJ Marc Stretch kept things lively, in between the live bands.